Ex-cop Eric Adams wins New York mayor’s primary by a hair’s breadth

Brendan McDermid / Reuters

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams won the Democratic primary for mayor of New York, The Associated Press reported Tuesday night.

With nearly every mail-in ballot eventually counted by the city’s notoriously inept election board, Adams – a former police officer who is said to be the city’s second black mayor – defeated former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia by about 8,500 votes, or one percentage point.

It was the city’s first major primary to use a ranked-choice voting system meant to avoid costly runoff and in which voters could order their top five picks, with their ballot going to their next pick if their. previous one was eliminated until a candidate claimed 50 percent. Support. Adams led about 80,000 first-choice votes after the in-person voting ended, but Garcia made up much of that gap as around 125,000,000 mail-in ballots were counted and the choices ranked. were counted during an election campaign in the shadow of the pandemic that ravaged the city in the last year.

Adams will face Republican Curtis Sliwa in the November general election. But given the city’s predominantly Democratic lean, it’s unlikely that the city’s founder and longtime character backed by former mayor Rudy Giuliani could make it a real contest, let alone the carry. Oddly, the general election will be a “regular” contest in which voters will have only one choice.

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Adams, a longtime police reformer, issued a public safety message that resonated as the number of shootings in the city doubled in 2020, a development which outgoing and time-limited mayor Bill de Blasio, was the result of the pandemic.

Adams – who told me last year he would carry a gun as mayor, which retired police officers are allowed to do, and fire his security guards – transported all boroughs except Manhattan, where Garcia, who ran on a platform of technocratic skill, dominated.

The vote is not yet certified, and Garcia and police reformer Maya Wiley, who finished third, have yet to concede, Adams released a statement saying “the results are clear: a historic, diverse coalition , of five boroughs run by workers. class New Yorkers have led us to victory.

In a primary decided by less than 10,000 votes, nearly 140,000 voters “used up” their ballots, meaning they did not rank the five choices so their votes were subsequently rejected. the elimination of their final choice during the counting of the ranked choices.

Adams, who grew up in Bushwick and was beaten up by police as a teenager before joining the department himself in an attempt to reform it from within, led a campaign promising to restore New York to New Yorkers left behind. for account by decades of progress. and gentrification.

He gave a fiery speech on Martin Luther King’s Day at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in 2020, where he tore up newcomers to the city who are “hijacking your apartments and displacing your living conditions” and telling them to “Go back to Iowa! You go back to Ohio! New York City belongs to the people who [were] here and made New York City what it is.

He also focused on the rise of gun violence as a threat to prosperity and security as other candidates, including Wiley, actually ran against the NYPD in the wake of George Floyd’s protests in last summer.

Adams, who was supported by Rupert Murdoch New York Post, was one of the top candidates in limited public polls from the race through the campaign. He maintained this position even as the media coverage focused on Andrew Yang, who passed out in the home stretch and finished far fourth, and then on the sexual harassment allegations that derailed Controller Scott Stringer’s campaign. . This coverage allowed Garcia to develop in the final weeks of the race after winning the approvals of The New York Times and the Daily News, which ranked Adams second.

About a quarter of the city’s roughly 3.7 million Democrats voted, meaning Adams is set to become the next mayor of a city of nearly 8.5 million based on just over of 400,000 votes. Sadly, this is a significant improvement over the “tenure” claimed by de Blasio, who won the 2013 Democratic primary with around 260,000 votes.

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